Awards


Award of Outstanding Achievement

Recipients of the OHLA Award of Outstanding Achievement have made a significant contribution to health librarianship in Ontario. Candidates’ contributions should have been of more than passing or local importance, interest, or advancement.

To be eligible, candidates should fit the following profile.

  • currently registered as an OHLA member
  • currently or formerly employed in a leadership position in health libraries, or in teaching health libraries in an academic setting
  • has raised the value or profile of library and information services or curricula within the health environment in a significant way

Nominations must provide specific examples of the nominee’s contributions to the field of hospital librarianship in Ontario. If possible, please provide a curriculum vitae from the nominee, including a bibliography of publications, conference or workshop presentations, and/or courses taught by the nominee.

The deadline for nominations is December 1. Announcement and presentation of the award is made at the next Annual General Meeting.

Send nominations to the current Past President, OHLA. A quorum of OHLA Executive Committee members will consider all applications. The Executive Committee’s decision is final. The Executive Committee reserves the right not to grant an award in any given year. Only one award will be granted per year, and any single candidate may be a recipient only once. If the Executive receives more than one nomination in a given year, the name(s) of the nominee(s) not chosen for the Award must be re-submitted in order to be considered in subsequent years. No person is eligible for nomination while currently serving on the OHLA Executive Committee.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Recipients of the OHLA Lifetime Achievement Award have played an ongoing, active, and significant role in the affairs of the OHLA, or they have had a distinguished career in the health library field. To be eligible, candidates should fit the following profile:

  • They are at or near the close of an active career in the health library field;
  • They are a registered member of OHLA at the time of nomination, or at least in the years prior to nomination; and,
  • They have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the aims and objectives of OHLA, or they have raised the value or profile of library and information services or curricula within the health environment consistently over the course of their career

Nominations must provide specific examples of the nominee’s contributions to OHLA. If possible, please provide a curriculum vitae from the nominee, including a bibliography of publications, conference or workshop presentations, and/or courses taught by the nominee. The deadline for nominations is December 1. Announcement and presentation of the award is made at the next Annual General Meeting.

Send nominations to the current Past President, OHLA. A quorum of OHLA Executive Committee members will consider all applications. The Executive Committee’s decision is final. The Executive Committee reserves the right not to grant an award in any given year. Only one award will be granted per year, and any single candidate may be a recipient only once. The name(s) of the nominee(s) not chosen for the award must be re-submitted in order to be considered in subsequent years.

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Mentor & Coaching Award

Mentors/Coaches use many different methods including teaching, advising and coaching to help neophytes in the field of health librarianship to become strong advocates of the profession.  The OHLA Mentor & Coaching Award recognizes the importance of experienced health professionals reaching out to help newer professionals in their career.  Recipients are individuals who have demonstrated excellence as a mentor and/or coach in their career. To be eligible, candidates should fit the following profile:

  • Have actively mentored or coached one or more individuals in the field of health librarianship
  • Currently registered as an OHLA member
  • Have contributed to the overall success of individuals in health libraries through supportive activities

Nominations must provide specific examples of the nominee’s coaching or mentoring activities.  If possible please provide letters of support outlining how they were mentored from beneficiaries.

The deadline for nominations is December 1. Announcement and presentation of the award is made at the next Annual General Meeting.

Send nominations to the current Past President, OHLA. A quorum of OHLA Executive Committee members will consider all applications. The Executive Committee’s decision is final. The Executive Committee reserves the right not to grant an award in any given year. Only one award will be granted per year, and any single candidate may be a recipient only once. The name(s) of the nominee(s) not chosen for the award must be re-submitted in order to be considered in subsequent years.

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Top Solo in the Library Award

The Top Solo in the Library is an award that recognizes the incredible workload of working alone in the library.  Solo library workers are the ultimate multi-taskers and some of the best solos are in health libraries.  Recipients of the Top Solo in the Library are OHLA members who demonstrate their competencies on a daily basis.  They are library workers who not only provide great library services to their organization, but also contribute in whatever way possible to the Ontario health library community through professional service, such as involvement in library associations, committees, publications, or presentations

To be eligible, candidates should fit the following profile.

  • currently registered as an OHLA member
  • currently running a health library by themselves
  • has contributed their expertise to the Ontario health library community through professional service, such as involvement in library associations, committees, publications, or presentations

Nominations must provide at least one example of the nominee’s contributions to OHLA.

The deadline for nominations is December 1. Announcement and presentation of the award is made at the next Annual General Meeting.

Send nominations to the current Past President, OHLA. A quorum of OHLA Executive Committee members will consider all applications. The Executive Committee’s decision is final. The Executive Committee reserves the right not to grant an award in any given year. Only one award will be granted per year, and any single candidate may be a recipient only once.

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Student Participation Award

The Student Participation Award recognizes the contributions of students to the success and longevity of OHLA.  This award is given to full-time student OHLA members who actively participate in OHLA.  Participation is defined as either filling a position on the OHLA executive committee or presenting a paper as an OHLA member at the Super Conference.

Full-time students who successfully fulfill their commitment on the OHLA executive for one year or who represent OHLA as a presenter at the Super Conference will be awarded the student participation award.  This award consists of a free membership to OHLA for the subsequent year and a certificate of recognition. More than one award can be given out in a year.

Nominations are not required for this award.  The award will be presented at the Annual General Meeting.

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Conference Registration Award

This award reimburses the registration fees for the following year of the OLA Super Conference and is intended to support an OHLA member’s educational potential and help expand their professional growth by participating at the OLA Super Conference. This award will not cover travel and accommodation costs should a winner need to commute to get to the conference.

To be eligible, candidates must be self-nominated, a current OHLA individual member who has been a member of the Association for a minimum of two years and who has renewed their membership for the following year. Members of the Executive Committee are not eligible for this award. Winners of this award may not apply for consideration in the same award category for two years. Re-submission of unsuccessful nominations is encouraged.

The recipient of this award will be responsible for writing an article about their conference experience which will be featured on the OHLA website a month after the conference.

The deadline for submissions is December 1. Announcement and presentation of the award is made at the next Annual General Meeting. Recipients of this award are randomly selected by lottery.

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